BY AUSTIN OGWUDA
Asaba — DELTA State Government has said it has set up a special task force with the mandate of recovering huge sums of money owed it by the operators of commercial buses under its Urban Mass Transit Scheme.
The state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Benson Igbakpa, warned that beginning from this month, defaulters would have such vehicles recovered from them, if they failed to show proof of payment, describing their action as “wickedness.”
Said he, “for the record, the operators were supposed to be paying N4,000 daily for the buses, but this they have not been doing. It is wicked for anybody to get such buses that were highly subsidised by the state government to refuse to remit payments for upwards of over one year.
“Recently, the state government discovered that almost all the operators of the government acquired vehicles are not remitting payments to the state government’s coffers. Worried by the development, this year, we have decided to go into ‘operation recover all’ where we will begin to impound all the vehicles of defaulters.
“Only Agofure Motors is paying, not even the state government’s transport company – Delta Line. Henceforth, all operators must go along with their proof of payment, which their drivers must display at every point the task force we have constituted accost them. Anybody who defaults will have his vehicle impounded,” he said.